Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

October 7, 2017
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren B. Stelson

Stelson, Caren B. Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story. Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, 2017.

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story traces the life of Sachiko Yasui, a six year old playing with friends a mere half mile from ground zero when the United States bombed Nagasaki. Some, including Sachiko’s brothers, died within days of the blast, while others, including a younger sister and her father,died slowly from cancer. Drawing strength from her personal teachers of peace – her father, Helen Keller, Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., fifty years later, the adult Sachiko finds the courage to tell her own story and work publicly to change the world. Sachiko’s dignified voice emerges with elegance and respect in this documentary based upon extensive interviews and extended with poignant and pointed historical photographs. A 2107 first place Jane Addams award for older readers.’)

Genre: Approaching life with self-confidence and strength, Breaking cycles of fear, Broadening outlook to appreciate a variety of cultures, Living under dictatorships or occupation, Non-violent activism, Overcoming prejudice, Promoting an understanding of the role of women in society gender roles the need to overcome gender stereotypes what are healthy courageous role models of both males and females, Thinking creatively and humanely about injustice and conflict past or present real or fictionalized, Understanding human needs with compassion, War/Revolution, Young people's participation in creative solutions to the problems of war social injustice racism sexism homophobia ageism and/or concerns of the physically challenged
Subjects: Helen Keller, Japanese, Mohandas Gandhi, Sachiko Yasui, World War II

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